guides are tops in their field, and with their Big Island book the Sprouts
have done it again!
"This is another
winner in the Trailblazer series. For travelers to the Big Island who
don't want to be limited to the fancypants resort areas, the Sprouts
have clearly laid out hikes, bike rides, water sport spots, drives,
campgrounds, historic sites, and adventures galore all around this most
fascinating and diverse of all the islands. My wife and I had the guidebook
in hand for hikes to Pololu and Waipio Valleys, a wonderful excursion
to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a drive to historical sites on the
north end of the island, and an architectural walking tour of Hilo.
Along with clear trail guides and maps for active adventures, the guidebook
also helped us find magnificent and not overcrowded public beaches for
catching some sun, art galleries, bakeries, public markets, restaurants,
and two of the best B & B's we've ever stayed in anywhere--Acacia
Palms and Shipman House. As all the guidebooks in this series, the writing
is clear and helpful and the design is stunning; this one has a particular
richness of black and white photos. All the practical stuff, from what
to pack to ideas for kids to resource links, is included. The authors
are always respectful of local history and customs, and this volumewith
its Hawaiian glossary and brief historyis particularly infused
with that aloha spirit. And we always enjoy the 'Free Advice and Opinion'
sections: "Never walk downhill with your hands in your pockets."
This is one useful guide to the rich delights of the Big Island."
this to take along because we had enjoyed using the Trailblazer Maui
and Kauai books so much. We had a terrific time exploring the area and
became very confident that what we read in this book would actually
be the way it was described. Its logically and geographically organized
into six regional sections, each with its own large map. The island
is BIG and knowing the drive times played a big part in planning out
our days. Believe it or not, there are still long stretches of beach
that the resorts haven't gobbled up, but you need this book to find
them. All people who travel to the Big Island, have this book with you!"
"A must have
resource for anyone living here and a must read for anyone thinking
of hiking our Big Big Island. Happy trails and aloha from Waimea!"